PMHS graduate releases first novel

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The community celebrates with local author Kali Gadomski as positive reviews poured in for her debut novel, “The Carry Out,” which was released last spring. Family, friends and other supporters joined Gadomski at the Locke Lake Colony Association lodge in Barnstead on Sunday August 22 to celebrate the book’s release. (Photo by Katherine Lesnyk) (click for a larger version)

25 August 2021

BARNSTEAD – The community celebrates with local author Kali Gadomski as positive reviews pour in for her debut novel, “The Carry Out,” which was released last spring.

Family, friends and other supporters joined Gadomski at the Locke Lake Colony Association lodge in Barnstead on Sunday August 22 to celebrate the book’s release.

The young adult fiction novel follows high school student Tate Rodriguez as he tries to achieve his goal of acting as a drum major in his school’s marching band during Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. With this accomplishment, he hopes to make the pride of his late father, who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001. When money to go to the parade is scarce, Rodriguez reunites his friend Max and another member of the group named Cameron for form a punk band, so they can perform in an upcoming talent show and potentially win the cash prize. The trio face a series of obstacles as they attempt to reach their goal, and each faces their own internal struggles along the way.

“I’ve always wanted to write a fictional novel. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” Gadomski said. “I’ve written short stories throughout my life here and there, and then I finally decided, ‘You know what, I want to do this.'”

Gadomski’s inspiration for “The Carry Out” came from many sources, including songs and places she visited that bring together pieces of history.

“I’ve always loved… let my imagination run wild and create what I can,” she said.

“The Carry Out” was published by Seacoast Press in Portsmouth in March. Gadomski, who grew up in Barnstead and graduated from Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS) in 2014, said she herself edited three drafts to get it “blank” and then submitted it to Seacoast Press in December. She said Seacoast Press allowed her to have a lot of influence on the cover and other aspects of the book as the publishing process went on. Her editor worked closely with her to ensure that her writing style was maintained and that the plot points that Gadomski considered most important stayed as she wanted them to be.

The book is now available for sale in early spring 2021. Gadomski said the book reached number one on three Amazon book charts: Musical Fiction, Inspirational and Personal Growth, and Family eBooks.

In addition to the event at Barnstead, there were press releases for the book on over 100 websites across the country.

A signed copy of “The Carry Out” will be available in the PMHS library. It can be purchased online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and it can be ordered at local independent bookstores.

Gadomski said his second book is in the works and will be released sometime in 2022.


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